Remember when a tiny waist was so important? You would measure yourself daily and if there was a slight variation, you would starve yourself or do those twisty exercises or maybe just suck it in for the next week. Once you are in the menopause-ing years, that tiny waist should be as forgotten as eight-track tapes.
I read a story once about maiden, mother and matron. The maiden had a tiny waist to attract a really good husband, as a place for his hands to hold her. The mother’s waist expanded so that when she held her child, the head was supported and placed for nurturing. The matron’s waist was much thicker as to provide warmth and comfort on a cold night. Hmmm. Seems like our waist is only for the benefit of others.
Our middle section has been a focal point of our physical body since we discovered we had one. Thick, thin, poochy, six-pack muscles, we spend more time on it than brushing our teeth.
Does your waistline trouble you? Review your diet. Do you need to clean up your eating habits? Maybe go grain-free and check out the plan in “Wheat Belly” by William Davis M.D. A ketogenic diet might work well so read “Fat for Fuel” by Joseph Mercola M.D. If you have health issues, review them with your doctor. It might be time to ditch the TV watching and go for a walk. If you are physically impaired, roll your wheelchair down the sidewalk and experience the healthful benefits of fresh air and sunshine.
If you have taken the necessary steps to be your best self and your waistline still is not what you want, then it is time to accept this change. Wrap your arms around your middle and give yourself a big hug. That is what Loving Your Sh*t is all about.
Note: while the story about the waist was a cute fictional version, Maiden-Mother-Crone is considered the Triple Goddess in Neopaganism and often a woman’s power symbol in Celtic lore. I also like to consider the waist area as symbolic of the third chakra – the solar plexus – as the area associated with personal power. Claiming your personal and feminine power might actually strengthen and tighten up your waist.